Community decries cops' organized crime catch and release
CBC News - Thursday, May 15, 2008
Members of the St. Stephen community in southwestern New Brunswick say they don't understand why police arrested and then released more than 30 people suspected in a smuggling ring.
New Brunswick RCMP arrested 33 people in connection with illegal gun smuggling, drug possession and child pornography in several southwestern New Brunswick communities on Tuesday.
The arrests were made as part of an ongoing joint investigation between law enforcement agencies from New Brunswick and Maine. The operation, codenamed "Jerrican", was looking at illegal weapons smuggling into Canada after more than 100 guns seized nationally pointed back to New Brunswick.
RCMP said at a press conference on Thursday that most of the weapons have now apparently been sold but four long guns, one handgun, an improvised explosive device, small quantities of drugs and cash and child pornography were seized from the individuals.
The weapons were being smuggled into Canada from the United States to support organized criminal activities, officials said.